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  • This is Olivia, a North American river otter.

  • Olivia is only eight months old, but is quite the playful otter pup.

  • River otters are semiaquatic.

  • They live both on land and in water and have adapted for both environments.

  • They have thick, protective fur to help them stay warm while swimming in cold water, and short legs and webbed feet to help them swim quickly.

  • River otters can stay under water for as long as eight minutes, and use their long whiskers to find prey in the often cloudy waters in which they swim.

  • In the late 1980s, North American river otters were extinct throughout many of their natural habitats due to fur trapping and poor water quality.

  • Through reintroduction programs and the fur trade management, their populations have risen and stabilized.

  • This is the North American river otter.

This is Olivia, a North American river otter.

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